Severnside Four Counties Tournament 2013
St Mellons Golf Club, Cardiff - 22nd and 23rd August
The Worcestershire Boys U18s travelled to Wales fresh off a fantastic 12-3 victory over Derbyshire. Unfortunately almost all of the team that attended had been ill earlier in the week so the players fitness was a slight worry but the lads were up for the challenge ahead.
Josh McMahon (Captain), Redditch Golf Club
Oliver Gough, Gaudet Luce Golf Club
George Bradley, Kings Norton Golf Club
Giles Blakely, The Vale Golf Club
Josh Bryan, Worcester Golf & Country Club
Tom Howells, The Worcestershire Golf Club
Roman Croft, Fulford Heath Golf Club
Cameron Hoggarth, Wharton Park Golf Club
We began the day early at St Mellons as we teed off for our practise round at 9.15am. The boys used the practise round to learn tee shot lines, club selection and to build green maps. The first of our three matches was against Gwent the home county and favourites with three Welsh internationals. As normal the matches are tightly contested, but led well by our Captain Josh McMahon, Oliver Gough and Roman Croft we charged into a 3-0 lead. Gwent however were edging the remaining games and clawed it back to 3-3. Tom Howells almost did enough to grab a half for the team but a fine up and down from the green side trap on eighteen from the Gwent player meant a narrow 4-3 defeat.
(Josh McMahon lining up a put in on way to victory)
23rd August Morning
Another early start as on the second day we had two matches, first against Glamorgan and then Gloucestershire. After breakfast a short team talk as everyone knew we had to win to stand any chance of taking the trophy home.
The team started well and an inspired 6&5 victory for Tom Howells raised everyone’s spirits. This was closely followed by Josh Bryan our lead man as he held out for a 1up victory. Again it was going to be a close finish but thankfully after Giles Blakely won, Oliver Gough holed a fantastic five footer on eighteen to win the match for Worcestershire. News soon filtered through that the match between Gloucestershire and Gwent was drawn. We were right in the thick of it now!
23rd August Afternoon
So to the final match of the tournament. After the morning matches the table was very close and could go either way. The boys headed out knowing only a win against Gloucestershire and a Glamorgan win would work out for us. We got off to a quick start and through nine all the games were tight but Worcestershire probably just edged it. News came through that Glamorgan had done both teams a favour in the other match which meant either Worcestershire or Gloucestershire would win the tournament. Unfortunately as the match progressed results started to go Gloucestershire’s way and they ended up winning 4.5-2.5.
I must thank all of the players for their efforts over the two days. They were a pleasure to be with over the two days and they represented the county extremely well. The results didn't go our way when maybe they deserved to but it was an enjoyable tournament for all.
Posted on 26/08/2013
by Ian Henry